Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Pilgrims: American Experience Airs Tonight on Your Local PBS Station

Tonight, November 24th, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on your local PBS station, The Pilgrims: American Experience will air for the first time.

The synopsis says, "The story of the Pilgrims, who founded Plymouth Colony in what's now Plymouth, Mass., in 1620, is told via insights from historians and dramatic recreations. Often seen as the founding fathers of America, the small group of religious separatists (they opposed the Church of England) faced much hardship in the New World: starvation, disease and death were commonplace."

This episode will air again: on WTVS (Detroit) Nov. 25 1:30-3:30 a.m.; and on WTVS2 Nov. 27 7-9 p.m.; Nov. 28 12-2 a.m.; Nov. 28 8-10 a.m. and Nov. 28 2-4 p.m.

Of course, check the schedule/channel listing of your local television/cable/satellite provider. Also, check the PBS website to see if the episode can be viewed online later.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Mount Clemens Public Library has Float in this Saturday's Santa Parade and #ThrowbackThursday


From the 1984 Santa Claus Parade via the Digital Archive.
Our favorite library, Mount Clemens Public Library, is continuing its 150th Anniversary celebration with a float in the Macomb County Santa Parade in downtown Mt. Clemens, Michigan.

The Santa Parade is celebrating it's 40th anniversary this year. Though traditionally held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, this year the Santa Parade will be held the Saturday before Thanksgiving which is this Saturday, November 21.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Main Street at Church Street and continues six blocks to Clinton Street.

So if you're looking for something to do with your kids or grandkids, bundle up (they expect some possible snow) and get ready to wave to some familiar faces on the library's float, and of course, Santa Claus. There is a meet and greet Santa at ABC Magic Shop at 69 N. Walnut. The official arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus happens at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 20.

The Santa Claus Parade was an event my brothers and I looked forward to each year with our Grandmother. Walking from her house to the corner of Church and Main to watch the parade from its starting point and then, if we weren't too frozen, a walk downtown to the Priehs Department Store and its toy department downstairs. We didn't usually get in that long line in the store to visit with Santa on parade day that was saved for another weekend at Grandma's house.

Have a good Thanksgiving this year and enjoy the parade.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

They're Here ... 2015 Holiday DNA Sales at Family Tree DNA

Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) has started its Holiday DNA Sales by putting its most popular tests on sale.

And if you currently have a DNA test, each week you will receive a mystery reward that can be used on any test OR on top of the already reduced sale prices. The mystery reward could be worth up to $75. To get your mystery reward you need to log into your FTDNA account or check your email.

Shipping and taxes are extra which vary depending on where the test is being shipped.

Family Tree DNA 2015 Holiday Sales include:

Family Finder Test (autosomal for male or female) regular price $99 ... now $89

Y37 Test (Y-DNA for males only) regular price $169 ... now $139
Y67 Test (Y-DNA for males only) regular price $268 ... now $228
Y111 Test (Y-DNA for males only) regular price $359 ... now $309

mtFull-Sequence Test (for males or females) regular price $199 ... now $169

Here's a summary about Family Tree DNA and some basics about DNA.

Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) has a large pool of potential matches which are somewhat international but not everyone is doing genealogy. FTDNA gives users a chromosome browser so you can compare and see which segments of DNA you have in common with a match or matches. And if you decide you want to add a different test from what you have taken (autosomal, Y-DNA or mtDNA test) the sample already submitted can be utilized, assuming no problems, without having to do another swab sample. Family Tree DNA is the only one of the three DNA companies doing Y-DNA (direct male-to-male) and mtDNA (mitochondrial DNA inherited from mother to child, also direct female-to-female) testing in addition to autosomal DNA testing. It also has user-administered testing/study groups for surname and geographic projects. FTDNA is also the only company accepting Autosomal DNA Transfers.

Generally, you only need to test one person for each maternal line. (If you test your Mom you don't need to test the mtDNA of you or your siblings unless there is question about maternity.) Males can take an mtDNA also because they inherited the mtDNA of their mother who inherited her mother's mtDNA, and she inherited her mother's mtDNA, etc. Males just don't pass on that mtDNA to their children.

Click on our label DNA to review past DNA sales announcements to compare this sale's savings offers with prior ones.

We will let you know if we hear of any other Holiday DNA sales.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 

December 15th is the Date the Old Ancestry format Dies

Ancestry.com has announced the death date of the "Old Ancestry" format. If you signed in recently you likely saw a splash message.

It is December 15, 2015. As of that date, the only Ancestry.com will be the "New Ancestry" format.

Detail of the Ancestry message.

Ancestry's recent message when signing in appears only once.

You can share your feedback at newancestry@ancestry.com about the change.

If you are using the Ancestry LibraryEdition at the library, it already uses the "New Ancestry" format. Personal subscriptions have had the option to switch back and forth between the old and new formats using an option located in the drop down menu that activates by hovering over your username.

This change has been discussed at some of our meetings. Many have found the new format harder to read, with less information presented on the screen at one time which results in more clicking and scrolling to get around. Some like and some dislike the changes to the online Ancestry member family trees. Ancestry has done some tweaking to its "New Ancestry" design. Hopefully a few more tweaks will happen before Old Ancestry bites the dust.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

The MCGG Resource Development Session is this Friday, November 20th

Databased created with volunteer help.
On Friday, November 20, at 1:00 pm in the auditorium of the Mount Clemens Public Library, we are holding one of our MCGG Resource Development Sessions. 

What is a Resource Development Session? It is where those of us who want to contribute back index circuit court and other Macomb County records to create databases to help other researchers. It does not matter if you have Macomb County ancestors or not. It's a nice way to help others; learn what is involved in an indexing projects; and if you do have Macomb County ancestors ... who knows you might just find one.

So for those of you who are in the Mount Clemens area, PLEASE JOIN US.  

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!  LE

Updates to Two Databases at Mount Clemens Public Library

There have been some updates recently to two databases on the Mount Clemens Public Library website.

First, additional Funeral Memorial Cards have been added to the Funeral Memorial Card collection on the Suburban Library Cooperative Digital Media Archive bringing the total up to 1,829 cards.

Second, an additional 2,666 entries have been added to the Macomb County Obituary database bringing the total up to 232,694 obituaries indexed.

Thank you volunteers for all of your efforts.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Got Swedish Heritage? Search this Weekend for Free at ArkivDigital

It is another free access weekend, this time ArkivDigital, a subscription website for Swedish genealogy/history, is hosting a free access weekend, November 14 and 15th.

The website has a great page devoted to what is required for free access (registration and downloading some software) and how to use the site/software including a user guide.

So if you have Swedish heritage take some time this weekend and see what you can learn.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!